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CIGRE UK Webinar: Communication solutions for information exchange in the smart delivery of electrical energy

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Wednesday  18th July 2018 | 12.30 to 13.30.  


There are many possible Smart Meter communications solutions to choose from however they may not all be equally available to every utility rolling out smart meters. This work identifies that there are major non-technical factors which limit the solutions available to utilities which are country specific and driven by regulation.
An important aspect of this TB has been the identification of trends in the technical requirements for communications system performance. From this a set of service and performance levels appropriate for current smart metering systems has been developed and are discussed in this tutorial.
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Speakers background: Andrew Thomas & Larry Colton

Andrew Thomas:

Andrew’s career started in the UK supply industry with a distribution company (Southern Electricity) before joining Mott MacDonald for 28 years and travelling worldwide on a wide range of projects. He was a Divisional Director responsible for the Telecoms division for 10 years and subsequently worked as an independent consultant and Director of Gridlinked Consulting Ltd.
Having a background in power engineering and expertise in telecoms allowed Andrew to generate understanding of the key issues between the two disciplines. This background has assisted in the development of the approach needed for extending control and automation deep into the ML and LV distribution systems.
Andrew is Secretary of CIGRE Working Group WG D2.36: Communication solutions for information exchange in the smart delivery of electrical energy.

Larry Colton:

Larry Colton has been working in the utility industry for more than 25 years with utilities, AMI and smart grid vendors and consultants in different countries around the world. He has worked in a number of utility positions associated with distribution networks, transmission systems and generation facilities. Most recently, Larry serves as Director of Global Business Development for Networked Energy Services (NES), which is focused on smart grid related projects. Larry has a BSEE from Rutgers College of Engineering and also has a Masters degree in Business Administration. He is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager and has received several patents.
He has participated in industry working groups, including CIGRE Working Group WG D2.36, IEC, CENELEC, ETSI, ANSI and IEEE, associated with the development of public and industry standards.

Event kindly sponsored by: Burns & McDonnell



Paris Session 2018 – CIGRE UK Networking reception

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Wednesday 29th August 2018 18.30 to 21.00

The UK evening reception welcomes not only conference attendees from across the world but also international industry leaders. This fantastic mix of individuals has proven in the past to be a great networking opportunity for all who attend, and we are sure this year will be no different.

During the event itself there is an open bar and a selection of canapés are served. If the weather if fine then the event takes place in our venues elegant gardens, otherwise it is held in its large staterooms.

Don’t forget if you are an individual member of CIGRE UK and have registered to attend the conference you will receive a personal invitation to the reception.


Alternatively, should you wish to become a sponsor providing you with guest tickets to attend the event please contact for further information on the packages available.


Thank you to our sponsors

Gold Sponsors: 

Burns & McDonnell              Siemens


Silver Sponsors: 


WSP           OMI_Logo_4c



Bronze Sponsors:

PSC                    TNEI logo






WNUK Networking Event

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Cigre WNUK aim to build a strong platform to support females in the power and energy sector. Part of the women’s network at Cigre is to organise Network events in order to update Cigre members about the progress of work of Cigre WNUK and create a first-class networking group to support females in their career.
Kindly hosted by ABB Ltd, we are planning for this event to be enjoyable as well as informative and we are confident that each of you, regardless of your career level, will find it valuable. Registration is at 3pm with refreshments and a chance to meet other delegates.

The main subject of the Networking event will be mentoring and the event will close with a presentation of the networking platform and a light buffet.
Our Network aims to support its members in their career development, providing a mentoring forum for 1:1 discussion. We also provide a platform generating a unified voice on the critical issues faced by women in Engineering and hence a mechanism to get these views in front of the people whose decisions impact our careers.



Thursday 15th September 2016
3pm to 7pm

Oulton Road
ST15 0RS

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